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Download Book ò Simulacres et simulation Æ 164 pages ↠ The publication of Simulacra et Simulation in 1981 marked Jean Baudrillard's first important step toward theorizing the postmodern Moving away from the MarxistFreudian approaches that had concerned him earlier Baudrillard developed in this book a theory of conteTy that characterizes our electronic media cultureBaudrillard's book represents a uniue and original effort to rethink cultural theory from the perspective of a new concept of cultural materialism one that radically redefines postmodern formulations of the bodySheila Glaser is an editor at Artforum magazine This book has simply managed to put me off all things post structuralist and French at the same time And has introduced a measure of disgust which I now feel towards both these subjectsThere are things you come across when you read a lot things which sound profound and deep and wide ranging before you realise that they are neither profound nor possess the all encompassing grandeur which they make you think they do Simulacra and Simulation is such a workThe self serving circular logic of self referential meaning sounds like it is an amazing and complex concept its not It is a denial of reality and not just a denial but an outright perversion of the concept of things happening It is a snobby first world centric discourse which denies importance to the lives and shared histories of the under developed world Baudrillard may put on airs of being a visionary but his vision falls woefully short I will not lie the book is very well written and is very beautiful despite being a very difficult read But this isn't a novel to be judged on presentation but a philosophical tract to be judged on the basis of its ideas Not only do I disagree with these ideas I find myself having a rather strong reaction to them and I think that anyone willing to look beyond the reputation of the thinker will understand just what it is that this man speaks of

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Omic notions of cultural production with notions of cultural expenditureBaudrillard uses the concepts of the simulacra the copy without an original and simulation These terms are crucial to an understanding of the postmodern to the extent that they address the concept of mass reproduction and reproduceabili I admit I read this primarily because I learned that the whole cast of The Matrix was forced to read it to get them all primed and pumped for the deeper meaning of the film Welcome to the Desert of the RealIndeedIn fact most of the most salient points of this classic 1981 work of philosophy ARE delineated in the movie One of the most telling points was when a certain piece of steak was getting cut and he was cutting a deal with the policemen of the Matrix talking about how much BETTER the steak isThis book is a regular nightmare to get through if you prefer all your words to get right down to the truth of the matter without being overblown with jargon that could have been better spent elsewhere but the IDEAS within it are pretty awesome And often ferociously antithetical to anything I believe And yet he's right on so many aspects and I want to fist bump the air all the time while also in an aside wanting to revile him for being the worst kind of monsterIn other words it's an awesome divisive readThere's a lot of great reviews out her on this book but let me sum up the most salient pointsMaybe you've heard the saying that the map is not the terrain That the conceptualization the ideal of a subject or a real world representation is NOT the thing itself But what happens when all of reality IS just our conceptualizations of it Don't laugh Our brains do not have a direct line to the world We process it all through our perceptions and we are always getting that wrongSo the we continue to map out the world the bigger the map the likely we start losing the certainty that we're dealing with the map OR reality Pretty soon and I mean this is true for every single one of us we cannot tell the difference This is an idea that has made it almost everywhere since 1981 and I think we can thank Baudrillard for making it popular in academia He himself gives thanks to Philip K Dick and Jorge Louis Borges and J G Ballard for his ideas among certain mathematicians philosophers and nihilists of every stripe He also gives us many great examples to support the context and the theme that pretty much made me nod and grin and want to curse himWhy Because in a lot of ways he's entirely right The debate about Art and Life is an old one Art imitates Life but Life imitates Art too We see it everywhere from advertising to the great movies of nostalgia for times that never were to practically every dream we subscribe to Like this example wishing that we could be just like insert impossible celebrity that is totally fake There is no substance to it It is an artistic representation that we want to become but when enough of us strive for it we change reality to fit that mold in countless little or even big ways until Life or Reality has been changed It doesn't alter the fact that there is no substance It just means that we're all living the simulacra The simulation the Art is merely the first step but Art always has its foundations in the simulacra the Real When we can no longer figure out what is life and what is art we have figured out that we are stuck in a recursive loopMany modern non fiction books spell out the idea much clearly than Baudrillard did All our language is an example of this So is our preoccupation with Myths Let's not forget the very concept of money They're all fake but they're used in order to make a map of the terrain And let's not fool ourselves Most of us believe in the infallibility of money Come on Give me some Now

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Simulacres et simulationThe publication of Simulacra et Simulation in 1981 marked Jean Baudrillard's first important step toward theorizing the postmodern Moving away from the MarxistFreudian approaches that had concerned him earlier Baudrillard developed in this book a theory of contemporary culture that relies on displacing econ Some authors have a gift of being able to explain complex matters in simple terms Baudrillard on the other hand seems to have the complete opposite explaining essentially simple although nontheless interesting concepts in overly complex terms While the core message of his essays is thought provoking and engaging the text itself is so full of jargon unnecessarily convoluted language and a fair amount of repetition If you are anything like myself you will spend an hour reading rereading and digesting a couple of pages before reaching a point where you can explain what Baudrillard was essentially saying in a few simple sentences Baudrillard also has a habit of making uite extravagant claims or suggestions with no proof or even justification or much in the way of reasoningAll in all a difficult and unrewarding read I feel that I would have been better off reading something written by someone else about Baudrillard's ideas